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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool in for MLS Starlet

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Liverpool and Manchester United might battle over 15-year-old Alphonso Davies.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Holy crap, I found his picture.
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If reports are to be believed, both Liverpool and arch-rivals Manchester United have sent scouts to Canada to watch 15-year-old Alphonso Davies, currently plying his trade as a striker with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Davies is the second-youngest player to start a game in the MLS, behind the infamous Freddy Adu, and the first to be born in the year 2000 (a thing that I can’t believe I just wrote). Davies has thus far made 8 senior appearances with the club, of which he started in 2. He has yet to find the score sheet for the Whitecaps, but did earn a penalty in the most recent match, a 2-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders.

The MLS starlet was born in Liberia, but moved to Canada at age 5. Despite this, he has thus far been unable to attain Canadian citizenship, and yet to play for the national youth teams in any official capacity. Even if he had Canadian citizenship, it is unclear whether he would be able to join Liverpool’s youth set-up, due to the FA’s strict rules surrounding foreign players. Moreover, FIFA might put a block on any potential move, as he has no clear exemption to their restrictions on the movement of players under the age of 18. (I assume any exemption to FIFA rules involves a briefcase full of non-sequential, unmarked bills).

So, this move seems unlikely for a variety of reasons, but good to know we’re looking high and low.